Perched on a hill in the historic village of Auburndale, Massachusetts, The Walker Center for Ecumenical Exchange offers conference and retreat guests the best of both worlds: a bucolic setting that feels far away from the city but is just a short and easy commute into Boston. The beautiful properties that comprise our campus have kept preserved a time in New England history that is cherished by tourists and visitors the world over.
We open our hearts and our homes to groups for conferences and retreats. Depending on the size of your group, you can rent all or parts of our facilities or you can mix and match to meet your needs and budget.
Walker House—144 Hancock Street, Auburndale, Massachusetts
The Walker House belonged originally to Eliza Walker's parents and became the site of the Walker Home for Missionary Children. In 1912 a large part of the house was destroyed by fire and was re-built in 1913. The house has two conference spaces. Our upstairs living room has a beautiful fireplace and can comfortably accommodate about 35 people; our recently updated multi-purpose conference room can hold 60 people. The dining room is the heart of our home and can seat up to 60 guests. Overnight lodging for about 25 people is available in the suites and single rooms on the second and third floors of the house.
Yeo House—161 Grove Street, Auburndale, Massachusetts
Named after one of our beloved directors, Richard Yeo, this house was originally the home of Reverend Sewall Harding, Eliza's father, but had been sold to Lasell Seminary. In 1925 the seminary put the house up for sale, and in 1926 the home was purchased back. One of our most popular homes, it has seven bedrooms, four bathrooms, and can accommodate 15 guests. A large living room and kitchen on the first floor provide ample space for an entire group to meet.
Eddy House—169 Grove Steet, Auburndale, Massachusetts
Built in 1956 to meet the needs for wheelchair-accessibility for victims of polio, Eddy House was named to honor the work of Mrs. Josephine Russell Eddy and Dr. D. Brewer Eddy. This cape-style home can accommodate 18 guests in nine bedrooms, five bathrooms, and a small kitchen.
It is our pleasure to be able to provide healthy, seasonal food options for your group. Our very own chef and kitchen staff designs and carefully prepares particular meals to suit each group, offering delicious, reasonably-priced home-cooked fare. We pride ourselves in being able to accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions with prior notice. We have access to kosher and halal vendors.
Our standard full breakfast (served fresh every morning in our dining room from 7:30 to 9 am) is included for all overnight guests, and is only $7.50 for any commuters from your group. If you choose, you can indulge in our freshly prepared lunch and dinner options, available to all groups for just $14/person for lunch and $18/person for dinner. Additional add-ons to the standard packages (linens, speciality beverages, etc.) are also available.
We also are beginning to offer speciality catering services for groups who would like meals in their meeting spaces, and for day groups looking to add a special dining experience to their meeting, If interested please call 617-969-3919 ext. 3 to speak or leave a message to the Directors who will be happy to assist you, or you may email our Executive Chef Victoria directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.